“I was stupid…” “I thought I could trust her…” “I mean, I deserved it because I didn’t know better…” “We just didn’t know…” When I meet a writer, I will usually share with them that I wrote a fantasy novel many years ago. When I meet a skydiver, I will share with them that I […]

“We often fear what we don’t understand….”

“We often fear what we do not understand; our best defense is knowledge.” – Tuvok (Star Trek: Voyager) “In time we hate that which we often fear.”  -William Shakespeare   As I look historically at childbirth in our country, I think the biggest question that screams in my head is, “Why did we START going […]

Welcome back….

I’m baaaaack!!! After many years of keeping quiet and to myself, I’ve decided to once again share my thoughts and experiences and let you all look through the window that is my world. I am returning to what my blog was originally – a place to share my midwifery birth stories (ALWAYS with explicit permission […]


  What is stripping membranes? Inside the uterus, there are membranes (the “bag of water”) that run from baby’s belly – down the umbilical cord- across the placental plate – and around the border of the inside of the uterus. Inside the membranes are baby and amniotic fluid. These membranes are ‘sticky stuck’ with a […]

A Lonely Midwife

Midwifery can be a very lonely job. Most people would never guess this truth, and you might never guess that this might be the case by merely viewing our lives and lifestyles from the outside….but that can only serve to make it lonelier. I actually wrote a very long blog post related to the dichotomy […]

Goodbye Kate – her mom tells her story

Months ago I shared my experience with baby Kate’s birth (and death)…if you missed it, you can read my version of her birth story here.. Goodbye Kate   Kate’s mother promised to share her baby’s birth story herself – taking the time she needed to process it in her own way, she finally arrived at […]


Every year, as New Years Eve grows close, I enjoy taking time to ponder the previous years events – especially the babies whose births I have been privileged to witness. Every baby that’s allowed me to be present as they opened their eyes in this world for the first time, taken their first breath, enjoyed […]

Goodbye Kate

This birth story is about a sweet little 5 pound 5.5 ounce girl named Kate. It’s also about her parents and their journey. But mostly it’s about me, and I want to be up front about that. This birth story is written from my point of view and it’s mostly about me. How I felt, […]

3 sisters – 1 sister-in-law

It was 5:45am and I should have been sleeping. Instead, I was sitting on a bedroom floor with a large container of coffee that was having a hard time keeping up with my level of fatigue. It was still dark outside, but light was creeping out to the east and I knew that dawn was […]

Happy Birthday Conlan!

As told by his mother….here is Conlan’s birth story!  Thank you Shauna for sharing your special day with everyone! (but especially us!) * * * * * * I woke up Sunday morning, the 10th of June, around 7:00 am with a pressure wave. For the duration of the day I was getting pressure waves […]